TikTok Nurse gets huge backlash for her incorrect sexual health advice
15 January 2020, 17:26 | Updated: 3 November 2020, 11:20
Nurse Holly has now apologised for the TikTok video and said she was just trying to "promote positivity and healthy lifestyles".
A nurse named Nurse Holly is going viral on TikTok for all the wrong reasons. In a now-deleted TikTok video, Nurse Holly claimed the best way to prevent contracting an STI is to abstain from sex until marriage and the internet is seriously pissed.
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In the video, Nurse Holly – who has 1.7million followers on TikTok – is standing in her uniform as words fly around her. It reads: "Did you know the best way to prevent STDs is waiting for sex until marriage. Just the truth."
The video was shared on Twitter and it quickly sparked a discussion around sex shaming and problematic health professionals. Believe it or not, marriage doesn't actually protect you from STIs. It's still very, very possible to catch an STI even if you wait until you're married to have sex.
People were also concerned that instead of championing better sex education and more testing, she was just telling patients to abstain, which isn't always possible.
all tik tok has shown me is that if i have a wh*t* woman as my doctor or nurse my most intimate medical details are going to end up as block text in a video that features her doing the macarena to a doja cat song— first-mate prance (@bocxtop) January 14, 2020
Idk who needs to hear this but marriage doesn’t prevent STDs since that’s not how infections work. Maybe “Nurse Holly” should do less condescending TikToks & more infxn transmission education. And anyone who wants to impose their morals on patients should get out of healthcare. https://t.co/Mf9snhrpMQ— Ryan Marino (@RyanMarino) January 13, 2020
Tik Tok’s biggest effect on me personally has been making me terrified of every single nurse I see. https://t.co/GY458dEk8Q— Sylvia Plath OnlyFans (@saintknives) January 12, 2020
Imagine. You go to the doctor for normal preventative care. Nurse Holly walks in with the wrong color foundation and says you should wait til marriage. When you’re gone she tries to go viral on tiktok about it. A month later the hospital send you a bill for $450. This is America. https://t.co/4QZ69vbifx— Thought-Lyssa (@alysSAWRAH) January 12, 2020
Nurse Holly also seems to forget that not everyone has the choice of waiting until marriage.— Evil Twin Barbie (@megaholt) January 12, 2020
Sexual assault and abuse happens.
It is never, ever-not under any circumstance, on any planet, in any solar system, in any universe, in any dimension-ever, the victim’s fault.
& what about people that get raped nUrSe HoLly?? What about people that are already married & get cheated on? Could they have prevented that a little better for you HOLLY KNUTSON that works at St. Thomas Midtown in Nashville? Come get your girl @StThomas_Health 844-655-2111 https://t.co/TApxBd1PhM— Victoria White (@M0MMYLICI0US) January 13, 2020
me, crawling on all fours into the emergency room: p-please help I’m—— gol gappa (@zahrastan) January 15, 2020
Tiktok nurse: pic.twitter.com/Uee18SzbUd
these dumbass nurse tic toks make me never wanna deal with a medical person again because all they’ve shown me is that they judge you for EVERYTHING you come in for and do it shamelessly by outing themselves on these apps. get a new career https://t.co/DEG7cqAn3s— spacebøss ✨🌙🔜GET🦋LUCKY☘️🍀 (@AllieLayne5) January 11, 2020
Fuck you, Nurse Holly.— Angie (@angie_mel_) January 12, 2020
Nurse Angie https://t.co/CaTKlBTVAd
Nurse Holly's other problematic videos are now doing the rounds too...
she’s so annoying pic.twitter.com/MRry6aRMEy— Anu (@anugov1) January 12, 2020
this hag has a lot to say for someone who is breaking CDC guidelines wearing chipped nail polish pic.twitter.com/EHqpG5lLG0— jenna (@muglerwoman_) January 13, 2020
Nurse Holly (who is a practicing Christian according to her TikToks) has now deleted the video from TikTok and, according to BuzzFeed News, she has apologised for "for any offence that was taken".
"In the comments, I acknowledged that of course using protection will help prevent STDs if one is sexually active. I just wanted to present another option to my young audience," she explained.
"I understand that my voice will not be accepted by many as it’s an unpopular view. This video was simply created with the intention of helping little girls see that saving sex for one partner may have certain benefits."